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Microsoft Releases Blog with SMB Predictions for 2015
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  Microsoft Vice President of Worldwide SMB, Thomas Neergaard Hansen (pictured), recently penned a blog outlining the top IT trends for SMBs in 2015. Hansen affirmed that, much like the enterprise sector, SMBs will see the growth of IoT and big data. However, SMBs will also see a big increase in the use of mobile technologies and mobile applications developed specifically for the SMB sector. To open his blog, Hansen said: “I love hearing stories of small companies that, despite a lack of capital, used technology to push the limits of what can be done. These conversations have made it ve...
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Jabra to move NA HQ to Boston Tech Corridor
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Jabra announced it will move its North American Headquarters to Cross Point in Lowell, Mass. in Q2 2015 to support customers, employees and a growing brand. "Jabra is outpacing industry growth and winning new customers in NA every day, therefore we felt it was time for our physical headquarters location to be the sort of focal point we need for showcasing our technology to customers and recruiting the best talent available," Jabra North America president Pete Fox said. "The move to Cross Point allows us to create a space that has everything we need in a headquarters facility, from a highly ...
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Breaking Bad Part 11: Lessons from 2014; Who’s Ready for 2015?
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  By Raymond Vrabel, Director, Technical Account Management, Continuum Managed IT Services The final installment of a monthly blog series examining tips on how MSPs can work to break “bad” business habits that they might unknowingly fall into as a result of just wanting to get things done. Throughout this past year, I’ve discussed many topics in this blog series which I hope you’ve found helpful--getting to know your customers, employee satisfaction, combating business complacency and achieving a healthy work/life balance. As we say goodbye to 2014, I’d like to take a look back and rev...
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Best Office 365 Vid Ever – Happy Holidays!
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  The one thing you can count on with Microsoft’s overseas subsidiaries is that outside the box creativity flows more freely that the good folks at the Redmond HQ (no offense guys). Such is the case one again. Microsoft Ireland has produced an Office 365 holiday video that is just frinkin’ good! Enjoy the sleigh ride on this one folks. Click here: http://youtu.be/-IIPuM6LHag  
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SoftServe Strengthens Service, Announces Significant Growth
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SoftServe , a software application development and consulting company, announced today substantial growth, including the addition of 500 employees and further worldwide expansion. SoftServe increased its customer base by adding new clients such as Panasonic , Red Hat and PE International. It opened new development locations and sales offices in Europe, as well as relocating its U.S. headquarters to Austin, Texas.
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Seattle Collaboration Company, Tellwise, Releases New Sales Acceleration Platform
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  Seattle, WA-based Tellwise recently announced the availability of its cloud-based sales acceleration platform, which is integrated into the Salesforce CRM. The new solution features IM, email collaboration and social media features to assist sales teams in following up with and assisting leads and closing sales. Here are a few key features of the Tellwise Sales Acceleration and Collaboration Platform:
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Fred Studer Joins NetSuite as CMO
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NetSuite announced today it selected a new chief marketing officer, Fred Studer. In his position at NetSuite, Studer will oversee worldwide marketing initiatives and work to increase awareness and use of Netsuite’s cloud-based business management software. "Fred's broad experience in enterprise and consumer technology, his innovative approach to marketing and his incredible enthusiasm are an ideal fit as NetSuite continues to lead the way forward in the market for cloud-based business software," said NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson. "Being a passionate marketer myself, I am excited to be workin...
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Guest Blog: Cloud Adoption Displaces Confusion
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New CompTIA Research highlights the model’s acceptance and success By Seth Robinson Over the past five years, cloud computing has been a somewhat disruptive topic in the IT community. Early on, it was hard getting everyone to agree on a definition, and more recently, others dismissed it as a mere marketing term. At a minimum, the cloud concept has created a lively dialogue right from the point of its inception. In reality, it’s having a significant impact on businesses and transforming their operations. The recent 5th Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study from CompTIA confirms those observa...
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OT: XP and O365
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As much of the world enters the holiday season, I bumped into a blog I didn’t think I’d ever write. It concerns Windows XP (yes – you read correctly). I am taking my last trip of the year, and find myself in Denver, CO staying at a business hotel. In the business center, I found that the public PCs are running Windows XP. Not only does this open the hotel chain up to extreme potential liability in the Post-Sony hacking era (imagine if your Gmail account, accessed from its browser, was infiltrated) because the world has been put on legal notice about end of support (EOS). So that hotel motio...
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AirTight Networks Reports Growth Driven by New Sales Model, Partnerships
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AirTight Networks today announced its preliminary 2014 results, as well as plans for growth in 2015. There are three key factors in the cloud managed WI-Fi provider’s plan: a shift in the sales model, new executive team additions and key industry partnerships. These factors, as well as the development of an analytics-rich partner application, earned AirTight Networks various industry awards in 2014, including the CRN Tech Innovator award and the NextGen Cloud Computing Award. Let’s begin with AirTight’s sales model shift. Company representatives said that their organization has found succes...
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Old Friend Exclaimer Launches O365 Managed Email Signature Software
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Wow – it’s always great to hear from old friends as the holidays approach. Exclaimer, an SMB ISV, was a deep friend of the family in the mid-2000s with our parent company, SMB Nation. After a river boat ride in 2007 at Jeff Middleton’s IT Pro SBS migration conference, I even crafted a cover story in our SMB PC magazine. Time passed until today when I received this reach out. Long story short – this SMB ISV has deftly pivoted to Office 365 while sticking to the knitting. It’s a win-win. Read on. Here’s a bit of background about Exclaimer, Ltd. It is based in the UK and it was incorporated i...
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Voxox Announces SMS Solutions Expansion
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Voxox today announced its SMS Solutions, an end-to-end wholesale offering, has extended its inbound SMS to delivery to Europe, adding U.K. telephone numbers and continuing to increase its outbound SMS service. "SMS is a critical asset in streamlining communication between businesses and their customers,” said Bryan Hertz, CEO of Voxox. “We’ve seen great interest and growth in our wholesale SMS customer base, ranging from global consumer brands to major security and software companies. The unique combination of our fully redundant, carrier–grade network in the cloud, CLEC operations and awa...
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